Stroke survivors are being denied the chance to make a full recovery because of a lack of post-hospital care, a leading charity has warned.
A survey by the Stroke Association reveals that more than a third of stroke patients were given no health assessment after leaving hospital.
A Department of Health spokesman says care for stroke patients has improved dramatically in recent years, but admits more needs to be done.
Stroke survivor Eric Sinclair said: "After I was there for three and a half months I was released, if you like, into the community.
"At that point physiotherapy and occupational therapy comes to an end. There's a couple of weeks of support and then you're very much on your own.
"I was left with my wife, to get on with it basically."
Angela Macleod, of the Stroke Association, said: "With stroke it's something that someone can live with the effects for a very, very long time. A lifetime in fact.
"The requirement for ongoing care and support is huge, and is something we would like more people to have a look at, certainly."